August 19 George Burroughs, Martha Carrier, George Jacobs, John Proctor and
John Willard Anniversary
Five victims in the Salem Witch Trials were hanged on this date: Rev. George S. Burroughs, Martha Carrier, George Jacobs, John Proctor and John Willard.
Officials in attendance included Judges John Hathorne, Jonathan Corwin, and Bartholomew Gedney, and Ministers Nicholas Noyes, John Hale and Cotton Mather.
The onlookers sensed that injustice may have been done, as George Burroughs recited The Lord's Prayer perfectly as he stood on Gallows Hill (something a witch was not able to do). Burroughs and his fellow victims also prayed that theirs was the last innocent blood shed.
A free, public question-and-answer forum will be offered at the Salem Witch Trials Memorial at noon on August 19, to mark the anniversary. This is sponsored by The Witch House.
12:00 pm at the Salem Witch Trials Memorial
Liberty Street, Salem
August 21-24 Salem Community Read
The benefits of Community Read programs are manifold--not just promoting literacy and communication, but also family and community bonding.
Salem Partnership has organized a community read of Hannah Tinti's The Good Thief in conjunction with Community Advisory Board for the Salem Public Schools. As described by the author, The Good Thief "Is about redemption and second chances. Throughout the novel, different characters try to right past wrongs."
Several free public events are planned with Ms Tinti at various Salem venues. All ages are invited to participate. Learn more.
August 30 International Day of the Victims
of Enforced Disappearances
Some men arrive. They force their way into a family's home, rich or poor, in a city or village--anywhere. Giving no reasons, producing no arrest warrant, and frequently without saying on whose authority they act, they drag off one or more members of the household towards a car, using violence if necessary.
This is often the first act in the drama of an enforced or involuntary disappearance, a particularly heinous violation of human rights and an international crime. Learn more.
We thank the City of Salem for its ongoing financial support to the Salem Award Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization. However, the majority of our funding comes through individual donations.
To support the Salem Award Foundation with a donation, please visit www.salemaward.org.